Filipino tankers eyeing one last push for gold

ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 25, 2017 03:08 PM
Filipino tankers eyeing one last push for gold
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KUALA LUMPUR – The desperate drive of Filipino swimmers for gold continued Friday as Jessie Khing Lacuna and Filipino-American James Deiparine advanced to the finals of their respective events in the 29th Southeast Asian Games swimming competition at the National Aquatic Center here.

Whether that could happen, however, appeared bleak as Lacuna, a back-to-back Olympian in the 2012 London and 2016 Rio Games, and Deiparine placed eighth and last in the men’s 400-meter individual medley and men’s 100-meter backstroke heats, respectively.

Lacuna, who won a gold and two bronzes in the 2015 Singapore SEA Games, booked the final spot in the men’s 400 IM in a time of four minutes and 41.72 seconds in the heats topped by Singaporean Pang Sheng Jun, a silver medalist in the 2015 Singapore SEAG, in 4:37.02.

Deiparine, who holds the men’s national breaststroke record of 1:02, also checked in eighth in the heats in 1:04. 69.

Both swimmers will see action in the finals scheduled to start at 7 p.m. Friday.

Fil-Am Nicole Marie Oliva, who skipped Thursday night’s finals in the women’s 800-meters, and Nicole Marie Pamintuan, failed to make the cut in the 50-meter backstroke with times of 31.39 and 31.67 seconds, respectively.  

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